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Secret Service to Track Twitter Users in Real Time

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The United States Secret Service is set to purchase software that can track Twitter users in real time, prompting concerns that individuals could face greater harassment over tweets deemed to be threatening or anti-government.

According to a solicitation posted this week, the federal agency announced its intention to use the tool to undertake "sentiment analysis," "influencer identification," "access to historical Twitter data," "ability to detect sarcasm," and "heat maps" that will show user trends.

The software will also have the capability to "send notifications to users," suggesting that the Secret Service intends to directly address Twitter users who are deemed to have tweeted something unsavory.

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